Saturday 25 November 2017

Mother accused of killing babies to be held at psychiatric hospital

Jeffrey and Felicia Boots
Jeffrey and Felicia Boots

FELICIA Boots, the mother accused of killing her two children, will be transferred to a psychiatric hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Mrs Boots, 34, was deemed too ill to appear at the Old Bailey in London today. She is believed to be suffering from post-natal depression.

She was due to appear by videolink from Holloway Prison for her to be formally remanded after first appearing before magistrates, but Judge Christopher Moss was told the prison's medical centre considered she was not well enough to take part.

He said Boots is due to be transferred to a psychiatric hospital under the Mental Health Act. No bail application was made during the brief hearing and Boots was further remanded in custody to a hearing on August 10.

Boots is accused of murdering 10-week-old Mason and his 14-month-old sister Lily at their large family home in Wandsworth, south London, last Wednesday.

The children were found unconscious by their father, Jeff Boots, an investment banker, when he returned home from work.

Emergency services were unable to revive the children. A formal cause of death has not been confirmed but the children are thought to have been suffocated.

Judge Moss said: ''I confirm that this defendant be remanded in custody with the intention that she be transferred to hospital under the Mental Health Act.

''That is a matter for the Secretary of State and not for this court.''

Julian Evans, for the Crown, had asked for the remand in custody. He said: ''The position is that the Crown say the defendant should be remanded in custody primarily for her own safety because of her condition.''

Mrs Boots, who trained as a hairdresser, was arrested at the semi-detached home in Killarney Road, Wandsworth, south-west London.

Mr Boots and his wife moved to the UK in the last few years from Canada.

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